History Literature / AmericanPsycho

20th Jul '17 3:49:32 PM Gsueagle31049
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* SoundtrackDissonance

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* SoundtrackDissonanceSoundtrackDissonance: Bateman axe-murders Paul Allen while playing Music/HueyLewisAndTheNews' "Hip to be Square".
8th Jul '17 2:41:53 PM Aquila89
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** Hearing Madonna's "Like a Prayer" during a nervous breakdown causes Patrick to see the actions of everyone around him as moving in synch to the song, like in a music video.

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** Hearing Madonna's Music/{{Madonna}}'s "Like a Prayer" during a nervous breakdown causes Patrick to see the actions of everyone around him as moving in synch to the song, like in a music video.
8th Jul '17 1:12:01 PM SeanMurrayI
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* CriticalResearchFailure: InUniverse, and more frequently in the book than in other sources. As much as Bateman portrays himself as possessing immense knowledge and informed opinions in appreciation of pop culture, music, movies, TV, and other trivia, he does occasionally get things wrong, although this isn't always made glaringly obvious:

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* CriticalResearchFailure: InUniverse, and more frequently in the book than in other sources. As much as Bateman portrays tries to present himself as [[PopCulturedBadass possessing immense knowledge and informed opinions in appreciation of pop culture, music, movies, TV, and other trivia, trivia]], he does occasionally get things wrong, although this isn't always made glaringly obvious:



*** In various places, Patrick keeps hearing music from the production soundtrack, which repeatedly sparks light conversation at social gatherings over whether it's the "American or British" cast recording being played. In one instance, Patrick hears a "muzak version" of the soundtrack.

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*** In various places, places and different parties and social gatherings, Patrick keeps hearing music from the production soundtrack, which repeatedly sparks regularly leads to Patrick beginning light conversation at social gatherings over conversations with colleagues, asking whether it's the "American or British" cast recording being played.played (no one else ever knows) before boasting that he personally finds the British recording to be "far superior" (no one else ever cares). In one instance, Patrick hears a "muzak version" of the soundtrack.
8th Jul '17 11:22:15 AM SeanMurrayI
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** All interpretations of the work include references to the Broadway production of ''Theatre/LesMiserables''. Significantly, Patrick's secretary, Jean, being the most "normal" and moral of all the story's characters, shares her name with Jean Valjean, the redeeming moral protagonist of ''Les Mis''. However, the play itself is repeatedly referenced to establish it as yet another popular commercial product and extension of the consumerist and self-centered lifestyle to which Patrick adheres, irrespective of the work's intended artistic message (which paints a contrast with the wealth, immorality, and emptiness exhibited by Patrick and his peers). Other, more direct, references to the musical include:

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** All interpretations of the work include references to the Broadway production of ''Theatre/LesMiserables''. Significantly, Patrick's secretary, Jean, being the most "normal" and moral of all the story's characters, shares her name with Jean Valjean, the redeeming moral protagonist of ''Les Mis''. However, the play itself is repeatedly referenced to establish it as yet another popular commercial product and extension of the consumerist and self-centered lifestyle to which Patrick adheres, irrespective of the work's intended artistic message (which paints a contrast with the wealth, immorality, and emptiness exhibited by Patrick and his peers). Worth noting that the original Broadway run of ''Les Mis'' through the late 1980's was so popular and tickets were in such high demand that theatergoers had to pay several hundred--even several ''thousand''--dollars to get in to see it, making the show most accessible to a wealthy clientele who can afford to spend excessive cash (and vie for seats just like other characters in ''American Psycho'' itself would try to get a table at Dorsia). Other, more direct, references to the musical include:
8th Jul '17 10:37:02 AM SeanMurrayI
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* UnreliableNarrator: It's difficult to take Patrick at his word when he [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness obviously experiences surreal hallucinations]], [[CannotTellFictionFromReality occasionally sees his own actions and behaviors as if they occurring in a work of fiction he might regularly enjoy]] (in the book), and other characters even dispute his accounts of events.

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* UnreliableNarrator: It's difficult to take Patrick at his word when he [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness obviously experiences surreal hallucinations]], [[CannotTellFictionFromReality occasionally sees his own actions and behaviors as if they are occurring in a work of fiction he might regularly enjoy]] (in the book), and other characters even dispute his accounts of events.
8th Jul '17 10:18:44 AM SeanMurrayI
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* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: One possible and very likely interpretation of the book and movie. Patrick Bateman is clearly insane and has bizarre hallucinations (i.e. a Cheerio interviewed on a talk show, himself stalked by a park bench in the book; an ATM machine ordering him, "FEED ME A STRAY CAT" in both book and film) which he believes to be true. It's also ambiguous whether he committed the brutal (and, occasionally, ''preposterous'') murders that occur. Right at the end, another character insists that Paul Owen/Allen is alive.

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* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: One possible and very likely interpretation of the book and movie. Patrick Bateman is clearly insane and has bizarre hallucinations (i.e. a Cheerio interviewed on a talk show, himself stalked by a park bench in the book; an ATM machine ordering him, "FEED ME A STRAY CAT" in both book and film) which he believes to be true. It's also ambiguous whether he committed the brutal (and, occasionally, ''preposterous'') murders that occur. Right at the end, another character insists that Paul Owen/Allen is alive.


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* UnreliableNarrator: It's difficult to take Patrick at his word when he [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness obviously experiences surreal hallucinations]], [[CannotTellFictionFromReality occasionally sees his own actions and behaviors as if they occurring in a work of fiction he might regularly enjoy]] (in the book), and other characters even dispute his accounts of events.
8th Jul '17 9:31:55 AM Aquila89
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* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: One possible and very likely interpretation of the book and movie. See UnreliableNarrator below.

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* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: One possible and very likely interpretation of the book and movie. See UnreliableNarrator below. Patrick Bateman is clearly insane and has bizarre hallucinations (i.e. a Cheerio interviewed on a talk show, himself stalked by a park bench in the book; an ATM machine ordering him, "FEED ME A STRAY CAT" in both book and film) which he believes to be true. It's also ambiguous whether he committed the brutal (and, occasionally, ''preposterous'') murders that occur. Right at the end, another character insists that Paul Owen/Allen is alive.



* UnreliableNarrator: Patrick Bateman is clearly insane and has bizarre hallucinations (i.e. a Cheerio interviewed on a talk show, himself stalked by a park bench in the book; an ATM machine ordering him, "FEED ME A STRAY CAT" in both book and film) which he believes to be true. It's also ambiguous whether he committed the brutal (and, occasionally, ''preposterous'') murders that occur. Right at the end, another character insists that Paul Owen/Allen is alive.
7th Jul '17 1:15:13 PM WaterBlap
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* DamnedByAFoolsPraise: Bateman considers Donald Trump his idol. The music he talks about is also an example of this. Ellis didn't like any of the music Bateman liked; he used it because "it seemed to reflect a certain kind of mass-taste" Bateman wanted to be a part of. He [[http://www.billboard.com/articles/6296671/bret-easton-ellis-regrets-linking-huey-lewis-and-the-news-to-american-psycho later came to regret]] associating Music/HueyLewisAndTheNews with Bateman.

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* DamnedByAFoolsPraise: Bateman considers Donald Trump his idol. The music he Bateman talks about is also an example of this. Ellis didn't like any of the music Bateman liked; he used it because "it seemed to reflect a certain kind of mass-taste" Bateman wanted to be a part of. He [[http://www.billboard.com/articles/6296671/bret-easton-ellis-regrets-linking-huey-lewis-and-the-news-to-american-psycho later came to regret]] associating Music/HueyLewisAndTheNews with Bateman.



** "My priorities before Christmas include the following: (1) to get an eight o'clock reservation on a Friday night at Dorsia with Courtney, (2) to get myself invited to the Trump Christmas party aboard their yacht, (3) to find out as much as humanly possible about Paul Owen's mysterious Fisher account, (4) to saw a hardbody's head off and [[FingerInTheMail Federal Express it to Robin Barker]] - the dumb bastard - over at Salomon Brothers and (5) to apologize to Evelyn without making it look like an apology."

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** "My priorities before Christmas include the following: (1) to get an eight o'clock reservation on a Friday night at Dorsia with Courtney, (2) to get myself invited to the [[UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump Trump Christmas party party]] aboard their yacht, (3) to find out as much as humanly possible about Paul Owen's mysterious Fisher account, (4) to saw a hardbody's head off and [[FingerInTheMail Federal Express it to Robin Barker]] - the dumb bastard - over at Salomon Brothers and (5) to apologize to Evelyn without making it look like an apology."
4th Jul '17 1:10:06 PM SeanMurrayI
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* NoNameGiven: "Christie's" real name is never revealed. Patrick gives her this name and never asks what is her real name.


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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Prostitutes "Christie" and "Sabrina" are given their names by Patrick with instruction to only answer to those names when in his presence.
4th Jul '17 10:04:23 AM Aquila89
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* NoNameGiven: "Christie's" real name is never revealed.

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* NoNameGiven: "Christie's" real name is never revealed. Patrick gives her this name and never asks what is her real name.
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